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>> announcer: from 30 rockefeller plaza in new york, it's "late night with seth meyers." tonight -- kenny chesney, director and writer of "molly's game," aaron sorkin. music from kenny chesney. featuring the 8g band with fred armisen. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ladies and gentlemen, seth meyers. >> seth: good evening, i'm seth meyers. this is "late night." how is everybody doing tonight? [ cheers and applause ] that is fantastic to hear. in that case, let's get to the news. senator bob corker said this weekend that he would support the republican tax plan, despite not reading it. "same," said trump about the constitution. [ light laughter ] the trump administration has banned the cdc from using seven words in official documents for
next year's budget. the seven words are "hillary clinton actually won the popular vote." [ laughter ] that's right. [ applause ] "i don't want to hear those words ever again." that's right, the trump administration has banned the cdc from using a list of seven words, including, vulnerable, entitlement, diversity, transgender, fetus, evidence-based, and science-based. and then mike pence added his seven bad words, "gosh, darn, nuts, heck, shoot, shucks," and the c-word which is just "crud"" [ applause ] hundreds of flights were cancelled today at the world's busiest airport in atlanta due to a massive power outage yesterday. experts are saying this could lead to as many as 30 texts from your mother. [ laughter ] [ applause ] according to the "new york
times," the pentagon had a secret program that investigated reports of ufo sightings at the request of former senate majority leader harry reid. i'm guessing because he had suspicions about his colleagues. [ light laughter ] "i am a human senator, from the human state of texas." [ light laughter ] prince williams and duchess kate middleton released this photo for their christmas card today, as did the trumps. [ laughter and applause ] nice. a new state law in new york will require the mta to post its proposed financial plan for the new york subway online. but before they do, may i propose this plan? [ laughter ] and finally donald trump jr. shared a picture on instagram this weekend of him and senator ted cruz holding a cookie with president obama's face on it. still not as disturbing as a body with ted cruz's face on it. [ laughter ] ladies and gentlemen, we have a
fantastic show for you tonight. [ cheers and applause ] here to chat with us and also, to perform a track from his grammy nominated album "cosmic hallelujah" kenny chesney is here everybody. [ cheers and applause ] how 'bout that? he is an award winning writer and now also a director for the new movie "molly's game", aaron sorkin is here tonight. so happy to have him back. [ cheers and applause ] before we get to that, the more we learn about the republican tax plan, the worse it gets. and yet, the gop is rushing to pass it as early as tuesday, despite a brewing controversy over a last-minute tax break that could personally enrich gop lawmakers and president trump. for more on this, it's time for "a closer look." ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: on friday, trump flew to quantico to speak to graduates of the fbi academy. these events are typically opportunities for the commander-and-chief to boost morale, and praise law enforcement. so naturally, on his way to the event, trump who has painted himself as the law and order president, stopped by the cameras and slammed law enforcement.
>> it's a shame what's happened with the fbi, but -- we're going to rebuild the fbi, it'll be bigger and better than ever, but it is very sad, when you look at what's gone on with the fbi and with the justice department, people are very, very angry. everybody, not me, when everybody -- the level of anger, as what they've been witnessing with respect to the fbi, it's certainly very sad. >> seth: i love how trump drags everybody into his opinions. [ light laughter ] "everybody's talking about how bad the fbi is." he's like a teenager trying to bully someone, "everybody's talking about how much they hate you, we were all just talking about it. [ light laughter ] there's nobody behind you kayla." [ laughter ] so trump slammed the fbi for having the audacity to investigate his ties to russia. meanwhile, trump had a phone call with russian president vladimir putin last week. and this will shock you, he struck a more complimentary tone. >> it was great. he said very nice things about what i've done for this country
in terms of the economy. >> seth: oh, he did? [ light laughter ] did vladimir putin say nice things about you? maybe he'll get on the panel the next time cnn interviews those six dorks who still like you. [ laughter ] so trump started his day by slamming the fbi and cozying up to vladimir putin, but it wouldn't have been complete without the president slamming the press as well. which he did, yet again, during his speech to fbi academy graduates. >> i see many young bright faces. to them, and to many other young americans watching at home, of which there are many, you see, there's the fake news back there. look. [ cheers ] fake news. no, actually some of 'em are fine people. [ light laughter ] about, let's see, who's back there. yeah, about 30%. >> seth: 30%? so trump likes the press about as much as america likes trump. [ laughter ] but -- [ cheers and applause ]
while trump attacks the media for supposedly spreading fake news, he routinely finds ways to reminds us that he's either a habitual liar, or knows absolutely nothing about what he's talking about. or, more likely, both. for example, during his speech to the fbi, trp umicized the obama administration's decision to bar sales of some surplus military equipment to police departments. the reason the obama administration did that was to prevent police from unnecessarily using equipment created for use in actual warfare. they just didn't think it was a good idea for a rural police department to pull over speeders with a blackhawk helicopter. [ light laughter ] and yet, trump didn't seem to get it. >> just as i promised, we are allowing our local police to access surplus military equipment, something the previous administration for some reason, refused to do. explain that one. explain it to me, please. [ applause ] never understood that one.
somebody out there can explain, anybody want to stand up and explain it? >> seth: he's saying it so many times, i'm pretty sure he's genuinely asking someone to explain it. [ laughter ] "anybody want to stand up and explain it? just remember, no big words." [ light laughter ] trump also slammed what's known as the diversity visa lottery program in which the u.s. grants green cards to a tiny fraction of immigrants who apply for them. trump spun an elaborate fantasy in which other countries governments are selecting their worst people, and intentionally sending them to the u.s. >> they have a lottery, you pick people. you think the country's giving us their best people? no, what kind of a system is that, they come in via lottery. they give us their worst people, they put 'em in a bin. but in his hand when he's picking 'em, is the really, the worst of the worst. congratulations, you're going to the united states, okay. what a system. >> seth: are they picking them out by the hair?
[ laughter ] "bad hombre, no good." [ laughter ] that's not how you pick up an immigrant, that's how you pick up a troll doll. [ light laughter ] trump's ignorance about basic policy matters extends to the people he's nominated for key positions. like, for example, federal judgeships. trump and the gop have moved to rapidly install as many conservative judges as possible, and trump has nominated several candidates with no trial experience, who have virtually no qualifications to be a judge. take, for example, matthew petersen who withdrew today, after being nominated by trump for the u.s. district court, for the district of columbia. peterson's withdrawal comes after he was grilled last week on his knowledge of basic legal concepts, by republican senator john kennedy in a painfully awkward exchange. >> have you ever tried a jury trial? >> i have not. >> civil? >> no. >> criminal? >> no. >> bench? >> no. >> state or federal court? >> i have not. >> have you ever tried a -- taken a deposition by yourself? >> i believe -- no.
>> okay, have you ever argued a motion in state court? >> i have not. have you ever argued a motion in federal court? >> no. do you know what a motion in limine is? >> i would probably not be able to give you a good definition right here at the table. >> okay. do you know what the younger abstention doctrine is? >> i've heard of it, but i -- again -- >> how about the pullman abstention doctrine? >> i -- i heard -- >> you gonna see -- y'all will see that a lot in federal court. okay. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] "let's try some easier questions, can you point to the bailiff? [ light laughter ] can you identify this object? [ light laughter ] can you tell us which one is cellino and which one is barnes?" [ laughter ] and that same ignorance about basic aspects of policies on display in the gop tax plan which republicans are desperately racing to pass as early as tuesday. now, republicans are rushing to pass this bill in part, because
they just lost a senate seat in alabama where democrat doug jones was elected in a stunning rebuke to both trump and the republican party. naturally, many democrats are calling on republicans to wait until jones is seated before moving forward with any votes on their tax plan. in fact, that's a position republicans used to agree with. you might remember in 2010, just as democrats were nearing final passage of obamacare, a republican scott brown, won a shocking upset victory in massachusetts, arguably one of the most liberal states in the country. at the time, the senate faced a similar question, should they wait until the new republican senator to be seated before proceeding with anymore votes. and you'll never forget how senator mitch mcconnell felt back then. >> i think we heard a large and resounding message yesterday in one of the most if not arguably the most liberal states in america. we had a referendum in massachusetts yesterday, the most liberal state in america on the health care bill that the majority and the president are trying to jam through down here, in spite of the wishes of the
american people who are saying "please don't pass this bill." i hope they get the message. >> seth: so mcconnell claimed to care about democracy only when it was convenient for him in opposing a bill that would give health care to millions of americans. and now that he's ramming through a tax cut for corporations, he's changed his mind. man, these guys really are -- what's the phrase? >> the worst of the worst. >> seth: yeah, yeah, that's it. [ light laughter ] now, there are some important differences from the final bill in the house and senate versions. for example, republicans had originally planned on cutting corporate tax rates from 35% to 20%. but in this final bill, the rate ticks up to 21%, which would raise some more revenue. now, you'd think republicans might want to give that extra money to low and middle-income people, but in fact, the extra money won't be used to provide tax relief to low or middle-class. instead it will go to reduce tax rates for singles making more than $500,000, and couples making more $1 million. oh, good. singles making $500,000 can final afford tinder plus. [ light laughter ] now the republicans appear to have the votes to pass this bill
after securing a key vote, tennessee senator bob corker, who voted against the bill the first time because it would add nearly $1.5 trillion to the deficit. corker announced last week that he would support the bill, despite the fact that the deficit impact is virtually the same. so what changed? >> senator corker announced his decision to support the final bill on friday, after his previous criticisms of the senate's plan. but in the wake of the senator's decision, he is facing backlash, over a last minute change to the legislation being dubbed the "corker kickback." according to a report by the international business times, republican leaders added the change that would reduce taxes on income from real estate llc's. corker owns a large amount of commercial real estate. >> seth: so republicans quietly inserted a lucrative tax break for commercial real estate investors that would personally enrich trump, his family, and corker. and after that happened corker switched his vote. now, corker and the gop claim he didn't even know about the provision, and that this whole thing is one big misunderstanding. and who knows, maybe that's true.
but if that's the case, republicans are doing a bad job defending themselves. first, it was texas senator john cornyn who argued that the provision was being overblown and that it was just one part of a much larger bill. >> picking out one piece in 1,000 page bill, and saying well, this is going to benefit somebody, i just think that it takes the whole bill out of context. >> well, but except that this provision wasn't included in either the house or the senate bill, and apparently, was added at the last minute. why was that done? why was it necessary to include that provision? >> well, we were working very hard, it was a very intense process, as i said, the democrats refused to participate. and we -- we were trying to do is cobble together the votes we needed to get this bill passed. >> so is that how you got senator corker? with this provision? >> well, the particular provision you're talking about, honestly, is just one piece of a 1,000 page bill. >> seth: i'm sorry, but that's not a convincing defense. that's like if you poisoned your husband and told the cops, "my meat loaf has a lot of ingredients, anti-freeze was just one of them." [ laughter ]
and then corker himself was asked about the provision, and his only defense was literally that he didn't know what it was in the bill because he hadn't read the bill. corker told the international business times, "i had like a two-page summary. i went through leadership. i never saw the actual text. i don't really know what the provision does, to be honest. i would need an accountant to explain it. i had no knowledge of this, and would have no knowledge of it except for you guys are calling me about it. if i understand what the provision does, it sounds totally unnecessary and borderline ridiculous." wow, so corker's argument is basically, "this doesn't benefit me, i haven't read the bill, i don't understand the bill, this is ridiculous, and if you'll excuse me, i have to go vote for the bill." [ light laughter ] and even if it's true that corker had no idea, the fact remains that republicans added it at last minute, a provision that would personally enrich corker, trump, and trump's family. and the senators who were supposed to vote on that provision, didn't even know it was there. which means republicans are racing to pass a massively unpopular tax plan, and their only defense is that they didn't read it. it's no wonder this bill is doing so badly in the polls. in other words -- >> people are very, very angry. >> seth: this has been "a closer
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everybody. give it up for the 8g band right over there. [ cheers and applause ] also, we're so happy this week. we got fred armisen back on the drums. thank you so much for being here. [ cheers and applause ] and fred i -- i'm always so happy to see you because we don't get to catch up that much while you are gone working on your other projects, and, i will say, and don't take this the wrong way, but sometimes when we're talking back stage about things, i feel like you're trying to impress me and you're making up something that's not true. [ light laughter ] and i just want you to know i'm such a fan of the work you've done and i'm your friend, you don't ever have to lie to impress me. okay? [ light laughter ] well, for example, today, we were talking about how this tax plan seems very unpopular and then you said you had a very popular tax plan that's about to pass congress. >> yes, finally. it's taken -- like, it's taken a couple of years to finally get it through, but we're going to try to save money on sort of, you know, like, hair gel. [ light laughter ] like hair oils.
>> seth: i know, so, i know what hair gel and hair oils are, i just don't understand how that saves money. >> i think what we are going to do is, if anybody's buying any of that stuff and i mean more like, the natural stuff, like, you know, oils and the grease and that sort of brill cream, kind of stuff. we're going to take that off, if you're in a family and your baby is not using any of it, you don't have to pay for it. >> seth: okay. [ light laughter ] >> but, if you got teenagers in the house, great! they're using it, you pay for it but half price. okay, so, if you're an adult and you're using some of this hair gel or oils. >> seth: or, or -- there's oils or grease, or brill cream. yeah. >> yes. so, that's -- a lot of money gets spent and it's over $23 billion. >> seth: i don't think that's right. [ laughter ] >> over $23 billion a month. >> seth: i fully don't think that is right. a month? >> a month, per family and it's shocking. [ light laughter ] and it's unnecessary because all it is -- all it is, is oil. >> seth: i'm shocked by these numbers. >> it's just oil. >> seth: oil or grease, yeah. so, what is the name of your tax bill? >> it is the fantastical, very professional, hair gel, hair
grease, hair oil bill. for congress, for 2018. guys, you all get a chance to vote, please vote. >> seth: i don't think it works that way. give it up for fred armisen, everybody. [ cheers and applause ] our first guest tonight is an eight-time entertainer of the year, his album "cosmic hallelujah" was nominated for a grammy for best country album, he also released a live album that debuted at number one called "live: in no shoes nation." please welcome to the show kenny chesney, everybody. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: how are you? >> good, man, i'm great. it's been a while. >> seth: congratulations on your grammy nomination. >> thank you. >> seth: now, you've been nominated for grammys before, this is the first time it has not been a collaboration. >> right, i was nominated with pink. >> seth: yeah. >> i was nominated with mac mcanally, grace potter, and some other people, but this is
the first time i have been nominated for something solely that i created. >> seth: that's very exciting, congratulations. what was the difference this time, you obviously have had a lot of solo work over the years. >> i think we just did a lot of things that was left of center then how we usually release a record. i had a single, then we changed it. i had an album title and we changed it. "cosmic hallelujah" was not even the album title. we changed it -- >> seth: what was it before? >> i can't even remember. >> seth: so, that means you made the right decision. >> yeah. [ laughter ] so we did a lot of interesting things. i made a video for a song that we knew wasn't going to be a single. >> seth: which song is that? >> oh, "rich and miserable." >> seth: "rich and miserable." >> and my friend jon mcginley who's a wonderful actor. >> seth: wonderful actor, "scrubs" and "platoon." >> he played this college professor at columbia university here in new york. and just did a brilliant job. and it was -- sometimes record labels don't like it when you go make a video of a song that's really expensive, when they know it's not going to be a single. >> seth: yes. >> on the radio, so, but we did
it anyway and i think that it was things like that that really allowed us to dig a little deeper than you normally do on a record when you just traditionally release the singles and do the marketing plan, it was chaos from the beginning and i felt like somehow it's worked out in the end. >> seth: well, that's fantastic. you mentioned that you shot this at college. your first song, is it true, you wrote your first song in college? >> i did. >> seth: and what led you to write your first song? >> i was in, ironically enough, i was in a persuasion class. >> seth: okay, they don't have those anymore. [ laughter ] >> but there was a girl sitting next to me that i was trying to persuade to go out with me. >> seth: oh, wow. >> and so, i thought that i would write her a song. >> seth: very persuasive. >> and so, i stayed up in my apartment off campus and i tried to write this girl a song. and i -- it was -- some of you
may know what a cassette is. you probably still remember what it is. >> seth: i do, yeah. [ light laughter ] >> i put it down on a cassette, you know, you had to hit the play and the record at the same time. so i did that with my guitar and i took it to class the next day, and she sat right beside me in class and i slid it to her, i didn't say anything, i didn't even look at her. [ laughter ] all right, i just went -- so, you know, i -- class ends, i go home and come back the next day, and she was, like, she was -- remember, she sitting right here at this table and i walked in the class the next day and she was sitting in the far corner of the class. [ laughter ] >> seth: wow. >> so that was -- >> seth: that's amazing that you persuaded her to move. >> well, it was my -- yeah, i did. but it was literally my first taste of rejection in the music business. >> seth: well that's good. it has certainly turned around for you now. i want to talk about the fans, kenny chesney fans refer to themselves as no shoes nation. >> right.
>> seth: they sort of -- do you have fans that travel for your shows, you obviously want them to have a good experience. is it true that when you -- 'cause you play big, you play arenas, you play football stadiums, that you go sit in the worst seats before the show starts just so you have a sense of exactly the gap? >> right, we get there on a friday, and if we're playing a saturday stadium show. we get there and do sound check on friday night. and i would go, just because i want to emotionally, visually and mentally measure how far i have to go when i'm on stage to reach the people in the very top of that football stadium and unless i go up there and sit and absorb it all, i don't really know. now, i know what it looks like from the stage up there, but i have to visually see what it looks like from up the stage up there, down here, and that's why i do it. that's one of the things that i do because, i tell you seth, the connection we have out there on stage is the most unbelievable thing i have ever felt in my life and we have people -- like you said, we have people that travel, we have people that
really care about the music and you know, we have been doing this for a little while. and that relationship with them has been built so strongly over the years, and i'm very proud of them, and it's one of the reasons that we're able to do what we do. >> seth: well, that's fantastic that you do that. i want to talk about, another, a place you have a connection where, which is the virgin islands, you have a house in st. johns? >> i do. >> seth: and after the hurricane, you were one of the first planes to go down there to help out. you started a charitable organization. can you tell us a little bit about it? >> i started a foundation called "love for love city" and love city is the nickname of st. john. and that place the virgin islands, the vbis, usvi. this is a place that's really fed me as an individual over the years, it's fed me as a human, it's been a huge part of my adult life and it's been a really big source of creativeness, it's fed me creatively, it's fed me
emotionally and mentally, it's been a healer, it's been so many things in my life. when that happens, i wasn't there the night the storm happened. i was home, i was watching it like the rest of the world. and to see that storm cell go right over the island and i know where my house is, and i had 17 people inside my house going through the storm. and that was the most anxiety i had ever felt in my life. it really was. and i knew then that i was going to do something to help the island, to help the people. and we started love for love city. and it's been an unbelievable thing to be a part of. >> seth: so that was you heading down there right afterwards? >> yes. >> seth: there you go. >> and so, i had an island dog named cookie. and, cookie, we had to bring cookie back after the storm and i had gotten this assistant named jill. and jill loves dogs, and cookie died in jill's arms, at my house in tennessee. i'd only been off the island -- never until then.
and that's when, that's why you see what you see there, that's when i decided that we were not only going to try to help the people on the island, we were going to help the dogs and the animals because they were as displaced as anybody else. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: that's fantastic, that's really great that you did that. and i'm so happy you get to stick around and do a song for us? >> i'll try. >> seth: all right, thank you so much, kenny chesney, everybody! we'll be right back with arron sorkin. [ cheers and applause ] ♪
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going to stop paying you. you get paid once a week from the game. it doesn't seem fair. >> but i also have a job working for you 24 hours a day. >> and if you didn't have that job you wouldn't have the game. >> seth: please welcome back to the show, aaron sorkin everyone. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back. >> it's great to be back. >> seth: congrats on the film. >> thanks very much. >> seth: this is about molly bloom. this is a true life story. >> it's an absolutely true story. molly bloom, in her 20's and 30's, ran the worlds most exclusive high stakes poker game. movie stars, sports stars, politicians, hedge fund managers, they would win or lose millions of dollars in the course of a night. sometimes in the course of a hand. and it was all legal until she crossed a very thin line. and even then nobody -- she wasn't in trouble until she unknowingly invited four members of the russian mafia to play in
the game. >> seth: yeah. >> that's when the fbi got interested. >> seth: that is a -- that is a problem. in general, they say the limit is three russian mob guys at any -- [ laughter ] >> yeah, and she invited four. >> seth: the fourth one is the killer. >> and also unknowingly an fbi informant. >> seth: yeah, that's not very good. [ laughter ] >> and the thing is, she was -- one of her -- her expertise was vetting players. was knowing exactly who was sitting at her table. so even though she was facing five years in jail, she was mostly really embarrassed. >> seth: yeah. oh well. this -- this movie has classic aaron sorkin dialogue, which i'm a great fan of. but this is the first time you directed and you ended up directing a script written by aaron sorkin. >> yeah. >> seth: did you realize now the difficulty that directors maybe have had over the years directing your scripts? >> i don't -- [ light laughter ] don't understand why at least three of them haven't punched me in the face. [ laughter ] i called on the second day of shooting, i called david fincher, who directed "the social network."
and i said, david, where do you have the actress breathe when they're doing my stuff? and this is the sound he made. [ laughter ] >> seth: you actually had an oscar winning director on your film which is kevin costner. >> yes. kevin was incredibly supportive, incredibly encouraging. he would remind me from time to time that when he directed his first film, "dances with wolves," he had to worry about which direction 5,000 buffalo were going to run when he called action. [ light laughter ] >> seth: yeah. >> and were they gonna come back. >> seth: yeah. >> but, i talked to a number of directors, including a friend of yours, adam mckay. >> seth: uh-huh. "the big short." >> "the big short." who was very encouraging. everybody -- i didn't write this movie thinking i was going to direct it. when i write something, i want the very best director to direct it. that's never me. [ light laughter ] but i wrote it and delivered the first draft and the producers encouraged me to direct it. and the thing is -- this is for real.
after describing all the glamour and the decadence and the money and the poker, and everything, the movie does have all of that, but it's set against the backdrop of that. it's actually, and this isn't a joke, it's a christmas movie. >> seth: really? >> it is a very -- molly bloom is a very inspirational, aspirational character. and ultimately it's a story about doing the right thing when the wrong thing is a lot easier. more profitable. can keep you out of jail. basically she refused to dish on the players who were playing in the game, which is what the justice department wanted her to do. >> seth: the other amazing thing about her story, which is taken care of in the film, is that she was an olympic skier. >> that's right. >> seth: so, obviously there are many poker scenes in the film. directing that requires a level of skill, but i imagine the techincal expertise required to shoot a skiing scene is more intimidating as a first time director. >> we were -- yes. molly bloom came -- she was ranked third in north america in women's mogul, that's a form of skiing which is --
>> seth: yes. [ laughter ] >> it's just -- it looks like a terrible way to die. [ laughter ] and she was ranked third in north america. came about 100 yards from making the u.s. olympic ski team, when, this isn't a spoiler, it happens in the first eight minutes, when she literally and metaphorically, trips over a stick and literally and metaphorically flies way off course in her life. directing those scenes, we were on an actual world cup slope, which is 52 degrees, it's slanted about like that. now, i have to tell you, honestly, i have a problem on a flat surface that's dry. i fell down for no reason at all. and i'm standing on this 52-degree ice wall, trying to confidently give instructions to the crew, to the stunt skiers, to people who were used to this kind of thing. and i would start out, all right
on action we're gonna -- and i would just fall down. and somebody would help me up. okay, sorry. guys, on action we're going to cut -- damn it. [ laughter ] and it would take me ten minutes to get a direction out because i just couldn't stand up. and finally just two guys on the crew just held me up under each arm while i directed a movie. [ laughter ] it was humiliating. >> seth: i think, you know, it's -- when you think of molly bloom and this incredible story, it's almost seems sad that a man that couldn't even stand in the snow. >> no, i couldn't even stand the snow. and by the way, also, can't -- i can't play poker. i'm not a poker player. but all of the extras in the poker scenes were professional poker players. i wanted it that way. professional poker players have a way of handling cards and chips that's just different from me and you. now extras are paid at about $90 for a 12 hour day. they're not paid very much at all. but they didn't care, because every big shot actor that came in, like michael cera and chris o'dowd, would come in and do their poker scenes. any time we were changing
lenses, changing lightings, moving the cameras, the dealer, who was a professional dealer, would just to deal around. the actors would always want to play with the pros. the actors went home without their pants. [ laughter ] and the extras were the highest paid actors on the set. [ laughter ] >> seth: well, there's something fitting about that as well. >> yes. >> seth: congradulations. it's really a wonderful film. >> thanks very much. >> seth: congratulations on your golden globe. >> i appreciate it. christmas day. [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: christmas day! aaron sorkin, everybody! "molly's game" christmas day. nationwide on january 5th. we'll be right back with more "late night." [ cheers and applause ] ♪ is this for me? ♪ for real?! ♪ noooo! ♪ [alarm beeps] happy? wooo! nothing brings out your inner child like the holidays. experience the excitement of the lexus december to remember sales event.
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[ cheers and applause ] ♪ >> seth: welcome back. recently, the pan-starrs 1 telescope, in hawaii, spotted something strange zooming through their solar system. what was at first thought to be a comet turned out to be the first known interstellar object to ever be seen passing through out solar system. and has since come to be known as 'oumuamua. here to introduce itself to all of us, interstellar asteroid 'oumuamua. >> uh, hi, guys. [ light laughter ] i'm 'oumuamua. i'm just visiting your solar system, you know, i'm traveling,
i'm on holiday. i'm just trying to have some new experiences and so far it's very cool. it's very cool. so if you see me, i'm friendly, say hello. i'm 'oumuamua. >> seth: well, hey, it's really nice to meet you, your discovery is so exciting because we have never seen a space object like you before. in fact, i heard you have a very unusual orbit because you're not gravitationally bound to the sun. >> yeah, i don't like being bound to anyone. [ light laughter ] you know, i tried that out for a while so and it was just a mess for all parties involved, so. yeah, right now i'm just floating around out there and seeing what's out there and so far what's out there is a lot of darkness and silence. [ light laughter ] i'm playing, i'm doing great. i'm 'oumuamua. [ light laughter ] >> seth: you look so different from the asteroids in our solar system. i heard that your reddish color is due to millions of years of radiation from cosmic rays? >> oh yes, there's been a lot of rays and a handful of craigs and even a steven or two. [ laughter ] i'm playing, i'm so playing.
but, yes i have gotten some color, thank you for noticing. [ laughter ] >> seth: i also heard you spin on your axis every 7.3 hours? >> yes, spinning is actually one of my favorite hobbies, but, you know, it's not about losing mass, it's about staying active. [ light laughter ] and i'm 'oumuamua. >> seth: well, you're definitely active. you're traveling 85,000 miles an hour, what's that like? >> oh, yeah, you know, i'm kind of a speed demon. [ light laughter ] yeah, people have told me my whole life to slow down. they say, "oh, 'oumuamua, slow down." i said "don't bound me, don't bound me." bounding me. >> seth: you really don't like the idea of being bound, huh? >> yeah, like who do you think you are, my ex? [ light laughter ] i said to myself, 'oumuamua do you really want to spend the next 100 million years of your life rotating around the same jerk? i don't think so, i'm 'oumuamua. [ light laughter ] >> seth: what -- i'm sorry, what was your name again, i'm sorry? >> i'm 'oumuamua. 'oumuamua. >> seth: i have to ask, some people have been speculating you might actually be an alien spacecraft, that you're actually
some kind of ufo. >> i'm a ufo all right. you know, your friend 'oumuamua, that's what i made up. >> seth: thanks for stopping by. 'oumuamua, everybody! [ cheers and applause ] we'll be right back with music from kenny chesney! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ this holiday, the best gift you can give, is your time. volunteer at neighbhorhoodofgood.com. state farm.
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> seth: back to perform "jesus and elvis" from his grammy-nominated album "cosmic hallelujah," kenny chesney everybody! [ cheers and applause ] ♪ ♪ ♪ jesus and elvis painted on velvet hanging at the bar here every night ♪ ♪ it's good to be back again oh, me and my old friends 'neath the neon cross and a string of ♪ ♪ christmas lights lola built this joint in '67 and her boy went out ♪ ♪ to fight on christmas eve
in a war nobody won she lost her only son now everything he ♪ ♪ loved is what you see jesus and elvis painted on velvet hanging at the bar ♪ ♪ here every night it's good to be back again oh, me and my old friends 'neath the neon cross ♪ ♪ and a string of christmas lights mama told them jesus loves a sinner ♪ ♪ his daddy said that music saved his soul between the rockers and the band ♪ ♪ it's a fitting promise land
♪ so if you need a shot of whiskey and redemption where the delta meets the sea of galilee ♪ ♪ get washed in the blood of the mississippi mud come all you non-believers and you'll see ♪ ♪ jesus and elvis painted on velvet hanging at the bar here every night ♪ ♪ it's good to be back again oh, me and my old friends 'neath the neon cross and a string of ♪ ♪ christmas lights yeah it's good to be back again oh, me and my old friends ♪
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